Adult and Family Outings

adults and families learning to quahog
Adults and families learn how to quahog during a Bay Adventure with the Coalition.

It's your Bay, so get outside and enjoy it! The Buzzards Bay Coalition offers unique, exciting outings for adults and families all year long as part of our commitment to connect communities with the outdoors. Our Bay Adventures get you outside to explore the Bay we all love.

Upcoming Bay Adventures


Registration is required for all Bay Adventures. To RSVP, contact us:

First Friday Watershed Trail Run

Friday, May 1 • 7-8am

trail through woods
Join a group of dedicated runners for the Watershed Trail Running Series, held on the first Friday morning of each month from May to November at a different trail around the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Join us on the first Friday morning of each month from May to November for the watershed trail running series, open to runners of all abilities! Explore the trails and enjoy the spectacular outdoors in the morning with a group dedicated to promoting the use of pre-scouted trails across the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Dates and Locations

  • Friday, May 1: 4-mile run at DNRT Destruction Brook Woods (meet at parking area at 201 Slades Corner Rd., Dartmouth)
  • Friday, June 5 (location TBD)
  • Friday, July 3 (location TBD)
  • Friday, August 7 (location TBD)
  • Friday, Sept. 4 (location TBD)
  • Friday, Oct. 2 (location TBD)
  • Friday, Nov. 6 (location TBD)

Spring Nature Photography Walk

Saturday, May 16 • 3-5pm

pond in spring
Take a spring walk along a nature trail during this free nature photography walk in New Bedford.

Join the Coalition and the Whaling City Camera Club for a nature photography walk at Flora Peirce Nature Trail in New Bedford. We will explore the forested trail, vernal pool, and pond to find beautiful spring scenes to capture in photographs.


Flora Peirce Nature Trail, New Bedford (meet at trailhead on Falmouth Street)



Women in Waders

Wednesdays: May 20, May 27, and June 3 • 6-7:30pm

women in waders in a stream
Don a pair of waders and go quahogging, crabbbing, and searching for water bugs during these fun, free adventures for ladies in May and June.

Ladies of Buzzards Bay: Join our female education staff for a series of three exciting adventures that will keep you learning, laughing, and discovering new things about yourself and about Buzzards Bay. We will explore ways to get up close and personal with nature in a safe and supportive environment.

Women of all ages are welcome to these free programs. (Ladies under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult.) Waders and other equipment will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own.

Dates and Locations

Wednesday, May 20: "Seeking Shellfish"
Silvershell Beach (end of Front Street, Marion)

Don a pair of waders and hop into the Bay! You’ll learn how to use a clam rake to dig for quahogs at low tide and try your hand at shucking a clam yourself. This will be a “dig and release” activity unless you have a valid Marion shellfish permit.

Wednesday, May 27: "Bugging Out"
The Bogs, Mattapoisett

Love bugs? Hate bugs? Either way, you’ll be amazed at the diversity of life that exists at the edge of the Mattapoisett River. We’ll put you in waders and send you out in search of aquatic macroinvertebrates (aka “big water bugs”). You’ll learn about the interesting adaptations of these unusual creatures, many of which you may have never seen before!

Wednesday, June 3: "Crazy About Crabs"
Little Harbor Beach (end of Little Harbor Road, Wareham)

Beautiful savory swimmer – that’s the translation of the scientific name for the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. You’ll learn about this beautiful but feisty crab as you try to lure a few to the shore. You’ll also master techniques of picking up an energetic crab without getting pinched! (Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and muddy.)



Frogs at the Bogs

Friday, May 29 • 7-8pm

Learn how to identify the sounds of frogs and toads during Frogs at the Bogs.

Listen to the melodic sounds of frogs and learn a few fun facts about them during this guided evening walk at The Bogs in Mattapoisett.


The Bogs, Mattapoisett



Learn to Quahog

Saturday, May 30 • 10am-12pm

a family quahogging
Learn how to quahog during this free Bay Adventure in Fairhaven.

Join the Coalition at Round Cove on West Island to learn how to harvest your own quahogs. We'll teach you the basics of local quahogging — what you need, how to do it, and where to go. This event will be fun and educational for the whole family.


Round Cove, West Island (approximately 224 Dogwood St., Fairhaven)